The unexpected technological, economic and social changes that made nail polish a beauty staple.
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because mopst man afraid of it, i ws only dude i know with acrylics for 3yrs.... not fake nails, just acryl and shellack, i love it, right now i removed them till i get contract, then go again, tbh it was painfull and still going my fingers changed abit till it, so i feel pain since long nail remove, once ypu lived like it for more then year everything changes
pretty awesome to see a couple of guys on here painting their nails as i do too. i've been painting mine since i was young simply because i just like the look. And to be honest, i can't see my toenails bare anymore, its just weird hahaha. its a big part of who i am and how i express myself so i do it for me and me only. I however work in corporate so no acrylic manicures yet but maybe one day haha
Females paint their nails to create a separation from males in esthetics, fashion and design. Hands and feet have a sex starting from an early age. A closer look at the Somatosensory Cortex shows the comparison.
Men just aren't allowed to express themselves with cosmetics of any kind and are very limited when it comes to clothing and shoe options. Men get the boring options, boring colors, boring cuts etc. Unless you want to either A) Spend a fortune on unique designer clothes & B) Get harassed and called names for not looking like a "real man". I envy the fact that women get to express themselves and their creativity through fashion and makeup etc. Maybe that will change one day but I don't see it happening anytime soon. 😕
My theory: Painted nails may be more attractive to women because a) physiologically, women have thinner fingers that may be better accenuated by paint and b) even men with white collar jobs want to be perceived as hard working, and a paint would counteract that. however, well-to-do men may have well manicured hands sans paint, giving them the best of both worlds.
To answer that last question, it's simple: Because it's pretty. I would be very uncomfortable seeing a guy trying to look pretty by wearing makeup and earrings and nail polish the same way that girls do. I, myself, only where makeup once in a blue moon, got my ears pierce at age 17, and, even more rare than makeup, do I paint my nails. I've never had a professional manicure; I think it's a waste of money. I find that the girls that wear lots of makeup and stuff are fake and looking for society's approval. I believe that men and women should serve different functions in society, but women shouldn't be expected to buy a bunch of product to look pretty.
It's a girl thing because girls are trying to attract boys!
Boys have money so they attract girls with cars and dinner to show that they can provide for their children. Girls attract boys by looking good because, traditionally, women are possessions and you want a good-looking girl to ride in that good-looking car to show off your wealth and power.
I know this is totally unfair of me, but it's a total deal breaker. I do not like long finger nails on men (even when I know it's to play the guitar), and I do not like manicured finger nails. Painted nails, oddly, I'm fine with. But it's a big NO on the manicure and lengthy nails.
+Cláudio Sampaio https://docs.google.com/a/itugvo.k12.tr/document/d/1hUXQGKrXGa3xCFyFLgPR80FvULUL52emyobXP23XmBs/edit?usp=sharing
An old version of it on google drive. In a format that's easier to edit.
The Great Depression didn't only affect America. I've written a 6 page pre-thesis on how it affects other countries, especially Turkey. The Great Depression happened due to world wide economical debt crisis that striked the US hardest. Just because it was the worst in US, doesn't mean it didn't have any effects outside of it.
Will you do a video about the history of contraceptives and the pro's & con's, & info about, this new rumored male pill? We, my male, and I are very interested in this male pill because I am unable to have store bought hormones due to my history of pancreas & liver issues - even though i need them due to very low levels of sex hormone binding globulin & slightly raised levels of free testosterone. Anyway, for him to have that while he finishes uni would be ideal for the short term.
Its basic evolution baby. Women are "programmed" to be concerned about their looks (as men are programmed to be concerned about their strength/ability) - so that they can attract a mate. Its a part of nature's mechanism of perpetuating the human species. It is thus deeply "hardwired" into female psyche (so much so that most women do it without even recognising this) and that is why most "beauty regimens" are followed only by women - including painting nails. After all painted nails do look great!
In the late 60's and 70's many hippy women didn't paint their nails or toes because it was considered too bourgeois-that didn't mean they weren't interested in sharing genes :) so social customs sometimes has nothing to do with evolutionary biology as it can be over ridden so easily
*Good historical perspective,* although I heard no mention of ancient Egypt; I suspect that the popularity of henna as a nail stain among Middle- and New Kingdom-era Egyptiennes following the lead of the queens of the Great House, competes with the Indian connection for first mass use.
Well I wear Nail Polish on my toes only because they make them pop out, plain is boring and as a guy who owns nothing but Peep/Open Toe & Sandal style Heels & Wedges I like my toes to be polished. I own every shade of every color in my Nail Polish stash. Heels/Wedges and Nail Polish are the only "Feminine Things" I wear and they are part of my style.
+ROGER2095 lol nail polish doesn't have to be expensive. I'm practically a nail polish hoarder and almost every one I have I have paid a dollar or less for it, I just wait until they go on sale and hoard them all.
i wonder why men still get stigmatized for trying to indulge in traditionally feminine things in the modern day in the west when these things on women are celebrated and enjoyed and women can equally imdulge in traditionally masculine pursuits if they so choose. very little these days seems to be "a guy thing" in the wsy that lots of things are "a girl thing"
The Mad Hattress theres an occasional news story about a guy in heels, like if its an awareness event. or the hollywood crowd doing something out of the norm at a big event. but i have yet to see, say, a male news anchor or other such host do a broadcast is a dress or something. and "manly" men in movies are still portrayed a certain way.
also too, i think in many settings its just more practical to wear a t shirt and jeans for anyone.
but again, i do agree that stretching gender norms in many ways favors women over men. at least over straight men anyway
+shadowsa2b In any case, we still have the ultimately arbitrary gender stereotypes that men wear pants and women wear dresses. This has been something we've seen all throughout history, though only recently has it become less stigmatized and certain forms of genderbending have become more acceptable, even in the mainstream media.
The Mad Hattress in that particular case it could be more that dresses are tailored in a very specific way that poorly suits the male body and thus looks weird. slacks/ jeans and a t shirt however dont have as much (if any) of a psrticular form and hang sort of loosely on the wearer, making it easier to be worn by anyone (assuming the appropruate size)
_"haha..you really come to conclusions that fast ? did I mention that painting my nails makes me feel like a princess !"_
Oh, believe me, you didn't have to.
_"what I meant was that I am blessed to find joy in small things when there is no other thing right in my life .. I see how struggling my family's Iife is and in times when I feel like I have a problem which I know I can solve with some time , I don't talk about it so I don't worry my parents ! and in that time I like to take my mind off things and I do it by painting my nails and having late night karaoke sessions."_
I fully support Karaoke.
_"i hope u get my point. and moreover Beauty to me has never meant looks . to me a kind person is beautiful, to me a shy but humble person is beautiful and most importantly a person who accept flaws is beautiful."_
Whatever. I try to use the *correct* terms for things.
_"like I accept your rude way of saying things and in that way I AM BEAUTIFUL. ;) and I know this beauty won't go away till I die !"_
I was only speaking of your LOOKS, not your 'beauty'. You sound like you might be a nice person, and that IS something to celebrate.
+ExBruinsFan haha..you really come to conclusions that fast ? did I mention that painting my nails makes me feel like a princess ! what I meant was that I am blessed to find joy in small things when there is no other thing right in my life .. I see how struggling my family's Iife is and in times when I feel like I have a problem which I know I can solve with some time , I don't talk about it so I don't worry my parents ! and in that time I like to take my mind off things and I do it by painting my nails and having late night karaoke sessions.
i hope u get my point. and moreover Beauty to me has never meant looks . to me a kind person is beautiful, to me a shy but humble person is beautiful and most importantly a person who accept flaws is beautiful. like I accept your rude way of saying things and in that way I AM BEAUTIFUL. ;) and I know this beauty won't go away till I die !
I forget which one, but one of the Metallica documentaries shows James Hetfield getting a manicure and clear nail polish. When I used to play in bands, I used to jack my picking hand nails up from a technique called a harmonic pinch. You rake the string with your fingernail and tilt your pick slightly, on your attack, to get a ...squealing sound. Well on your high E string you can easily slice through the nail bad enough to bleed. Hurts like a mofo! I never got manicures or nail polish...cause it seems kinda gay...but if your a professional who toures allot, it's pretty much not even an option.
I work in a hospital and so can't paint my finger nails for hygiene reasons. But I do that when I go through a break-up, I paint my toenails a lot more often, and buy more polishes. The pop of colour does cheer me up, and the ritual of painting is also quite relaxing.
+Adam cooper You should look at my porn collection, then you'd see I'm straight.
A few of my favorite artists on Pixiv and Danbooru are Zekkyon, Yan-yam, and syokuyou-mogura, in case you're curious.
I like live action porn too, but I prefer illustrations.
Quick story time: in sixth grade a went literally months with my nails painted the same shade of red. Literally I would paint them, they'd chip, I'd paint another coat, they'd chip, and then I'd peel it off and repaint them. Eventually my sister hid the red nail polish. I painted my nails purple. I don't paint my nails anymore. Among other things, I find it helps me concentrate in class...
I don't particularly care for the way nail polish looks. I like a more natural look, myself. In fact, sometimes I find very bright and vibrant colors to look "almost gross".
That's all just my opinion, of course.
+Dustin Mitchell Everyone has a preference. As a woman, I like the "French manicure," where it looks natural with white tips. Cool colors like green, blue and purple don't look so great on fingers, IMO--they remind me of fungus.
I always assumed that, as you've said, nail polish for a women symbolizes nice, clean, well-kept hands. Where it is still more common and acceptable for men to have difficult, manual-labor type jobs that can mess up their hands, so they don't bother with it. A lot of high class men do get manicures, but most don't go so far as to wear bright colors, since it might clash with their black-and white suits, and limits your tie options.
When I worked as a welder a lot of guys (including myself) used clear nail polish to protect our nails. Working in that environment is really hard on nails even when you wear gloves. The nail polish helped a lot.
Women paint their nails to display that they do not have to labor for a living. The less labor a woman perform the higher status she has. Same idea with shoes that are good for nothing except walking with great intent. These are not signs of great production. They are signs of great leisure.
I don't really like to paint my fingernails. I keep my nails _extremely_ short, as short as I can possibly clip them without pain (and I have to redo it every few days) because for some reason if I can touch my fingertips together and feel nails touching it drives me nuts. I do occasionally like to get my toes done, but it's more for the massage that comes with it than anything (plus I sometimes request an N7 design for the big toes which makes me super happy).
I wish gloves were still in :(
Oh and to answer your question as to why painting your nails is still such a girl thing....because of the history you explained. It's been a girl thing for millennia. So that's how our minds perceive it.
I heard that the three things that always do well in a bad economy are beauty products, tobacco, and alcohol.
As for nail polish, I really wish I could wear it. I never used to care but now that I'm not allowed to (I'm a massage therapist) I really want to. lol I can always do toe nails but living in a cold, wet climate means not a lot of time for sandals or open-toed heels.
You mentioned earlier that nail polish and well-manicured hands were a show of status, of non-participation of women in labor. Then I'd think that manicures are widely considered a girl thing because of what our standard of beauty between men and women is. Beauty for women entails softness, fragility, gentleness, so the idea that they don't do manual labor fits in with that. But beauty for men is rough and rugged--the five o'clock shadow, the strong muscles, the battle scars, the rough hands. For some, to see a boy with gentle hands and soft skin makes them target to be called "girly", and for girls, to have big knuckles and calloused fingers or rough skin, we say they have "man-hands". Everything boils down to that.
My boyfriend is a solo bass player and he paints his nails. It's primarily to draw the audiences attention to his fingers and show off the technicality of the music. However I think it carries other connotations when worn by a man, it looks like a "rock and roll" move to make, something which eludes to trying to break the mould in some way. Strange that something so normal to women apparently carries such a heavy meaning when worn by men
I'm a guy and started painting my nails about two years ago to help try and break my nail biting habit. I ended up really loving it.
Normally I wear blue or red, but around Halloween I do candy-corn nails.
When I watch you videos like this and the one about "lady butts", I am reminded of a book called "The Naked Women" by Desmond Morris. Please, disregard the title. It's a book about stuff like this. the short description I have for it is "a zoologist examining Human sexual dimorphism and culture with a focus on the habit of women." I learned a lot from this book and recommend it. Just thought I should note this.
I think men should join us nail polishing. It would be so much fun, and there would be twice the number of people available to do your left hand (or right, if you're a leftie). Never got why changing the color of your nails was a girl thing. Maybe if they call it INDUSTRIAL QUALITY MANLY HULK MAN BEAR-WRESTLIN' FINGER WAR PAINT we could get guys to feel comfortable.
Modern Society has different expectations for what makes men and women attractive and respectable. Though the lines are blurring, certain things still exist from the past.
1. Women are expected to look good.
2. Men are expected to work very hard.
3. To men (as a social group), much of a women's worth is determined by her image.
4. To women (as a social group), much of a man's worth is determined by his job and wealth.
As I said, times are changing, but there is still some divide in these expectations.